See also: cohérent


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From Middle French coherent, from Latin cohaērēns, from co- + haereō.



coherent (comparative more coherent, superlative most coherent)

  1. Unified; sticking together; making up a whole.
    • 1909, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, chapter IV, in Orthodoxy:
      These people professed that the universe was one coherent thing; but they were not fond of the universe.
    • 1997, Bernard J. Baars, "Psychology in a World of Sentient, Self-Knowing Beings: A Modest Utopian Fantasy", in Mind and Brain Sciences in the 21st Century (ed. Robert L. Solso), MIT Press (1999), →ISBN, page 7:
      A sentence like this one cannot be understood unless somehow we can store the underlined words for several seconds, while we wait for the rest of the sentence to arrive, with the information needed to complete a coherent thought.
    • 2005, Tom Williamson, Sandlands: The Suffolk Coast and Heaths, Windgather (2005), →ISBN, page 15:
      Anglia, is part of a wider phenomenon of the seventh century - the development of recognisable, coherent kingdoms from the fragmented tribal society which emerged from the ruins of Roman Britain.
    • 2011, Claire Klein Datnow, Behind the Walled Garden of Apartheid: Growing Up White in Segregated South Africa, Media Mint Publishing (2011), →ISBN, page 124:
      She intimidated me so much that I could hardly get out a coherent sentence in her presence.
  2. Orderly, logical and consistent.
    • 1904 December, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Second Stain”, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., published February 1905, OCLC 2093987:
      At present she is unable to give any coherent account of the past, and the doctors hold out no hopes of the reestablishment of her reason.
    • 2007, Kenneth R. Hammond, Beyond Rationality: The Search for Wisdom in a Troubled Time, Oxford University Press (2007), →ISBN, page 108:
      Perhaps Khrushchev did have a coherent plan in mind at the time he placed the nuclear missiles in Cuba.
    • 2009, John Polkinghorne & Nicholas Beale, Questions of Truth: Fifty-One Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief, Westminster John Knox Press (2009), →ISBN, page 23:
      It will dissolve at death with the decay of the body, but it is a perfectly coherent belief that the faithful God will not allow it to be lost but will preserve it in the divine memory.
    • 2009, Carrie Winstanley, Writing a Dissertation For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (2009), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Presenting a balanced and coherent argument is an important aspect of a nonempirical dissertation and you need to spend some time considering the most useful route through your argument.
    • 2020 December 2, Christian Wolmar, “Wales offers us a glimpse of an integrated transport policy”, in Rail, page 56:
      The underlying problem with transport policy is that there no coherent strategy. Ministers have tended to encourage greater use of motor vehicles through both transport and (particularly) planning policies, while simultaneously warning of the terrible consequences of unfettered growth of road use.
  3. Aesthetically ordered.
  4. Having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.
  5. (physics) Of waves having the same direction, wavelength and phase, as light in a laser.
  6. (botany) Attaching or pressing against an organ of the same nature.
  7. (mathematics, of a sheaf) Belonging to a specific class of sheaves having particularly manageable properties closely linked to the geometrical properties of the underlying space.


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From Latin cohaerēns.



coherent (masculine and feminine plural coherents)

  1. coherent
    Antonym: incoherent

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  1. third-person plural present active indicative of cohēreō



coherent m or n (feminine singular coherentă, masculine plural coherenți, feminine and neuter plural coherente)

  1. Alternative form of coerent